Woman, 102, beats coronavirus after surviving cancer, 1918 flu pandemic

The novel coronavirus was apparently no match for a 102-year-old woman in New Hampshire.

Mildred “Gerri” Schappals, who lives at The Huntington at Nashua, an assisted living facility, contracted COVID-19 in May but quickly recovered.

“I was surprised,” her daughter, Julia Schappals, told local news station WMUR. “But then again, I was not surprised that she survived. That’s how she’s been her entire life, and when we asked her about it she kind of poo-pooed it. ‘Yeah, I was sick for a couple of days. It wasn’t bad.'”

This isn’t the first time Schappals has survived a pandemic. Born in Worcester, Mass., on Jan. 18, 1918, Schappals contracted the Spanish flu at 11 months old, as did her mother and brother. All three survived.

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“She’s often said that she thinks Mother Nature believes that she died in 1918 and has forgotten about her,” Julia Schappals told a local Massachusetts newspaper, Telegram.com.

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Schappals, who worked as a teacher, principal and supervisor of elementary instruction for Nashua public schools before retiring in the 1980s, also survived two bouts of cancer, first with breast cancer and then Stage 3 colon cancer a few years later, per Telegram.com.

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“Maybe she’s right,” Julia Schappals told the outlet. “Maybe whoever this master of death is has forgot about her.”